Canadian Masters Athletics (CMA) recently inducted two outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to Masters sport in Canada.
In the category of Athlete, the inductee is Debbie Brill from Comox, BC, and in the category of Executive or Administrator, the late Richard Graves from Toronto, was honoured.
Debbie Brill is well-known as a World record-setter in the High Jump, competing in the Olympics three times, and still holding Canadian open women’s records for the High Jump Indoors (set in 1982) and Outdoors (set in 1984). In Masters competition, Debbie set World records in the High Jump for age groups W35, W40, W45 and W50, and still has six Canadian age group records. Her W35 World record has lasted 28 years to date. She won a W40 Silver Medal at the WMA Championships in 1995, and a Gold Medal with a W45 World record in 1999, at a height of 1.76m, which record still stands. She also holds a W50 world record of 1.50m, set in 2004.
Richard Graves, who passed away in February 2016, served for 20 years on the Executive of the Canadian Masters Athletic Association, the predecessor to the CMA, from 1985 to 2005. He served 12 years as the CMAA Membership Secretary, during a period when computers were not used, and the process involved considerable manual work. He also served for eight years as the Vice-President, Non-Stadia.
Richard competed in two WMA Championships, and in countless Canadian Masters Championships. He also competed in many Road Races, including running dozens of them as a means of raising large amounts of funds for a charity.
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